Exploring the Vitality of Stare Decisis in America
The most inclusive, important examination of American courts to date.
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Exploring the Vitality of Stare Decisis in America is the debut report for “The Matthew Fogg Symposia On The Vitality Of Stare Decisis In America.” That we use Latin to describe the concept suggests it is complex, mysterious, and beyond the cares of most Americans. Yet stare decisis, sometimes called the "doctrine of precedent", arguably preserves what is among their most valued treasures, the legitimacy of America’s judiciary. Presumably our administration of justice remains stable, predictable, efficient, and welfare-enhancing by requiring courts to follow earlier resolutions of cases with comparable facts, circumstances, and/or law known as precedent.